HTC, which used to be a serious Android contender, has now become totally irrelevant brand in the Android community. But still, they kept their devices up to date for quite some time. If you own the HTC U11, a flagship from 2017 with Android Pie as the latest Android, and want to increase its life by updating it to the latest Android 11 — then flashing a Custom ROM is the best option. Android 11 based Lineage 18.1 is available for HTC U11 and in this post, you will find a flashing guide to flash the ROM.
LineageOS is the most trusted and most used Custom ROM for Android. It is an AOSP based Custom ROM that focuses on giving a Stock Android experience with some extra essential features. There are many great features in LineageOS 18 and it gives a good performance and battery life. LineageOS also push monthly security patches that ensure the safety of your device.
The Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 is still in the early stages of development, which means there can be some bugs here and there. The developer has also listed a long list of things that are currently not working for the device. So flash the ROM on your risk. Make sure to take a proper backup and charge the device to at least 50% so flashing goes uninterrupted. Once you think you are ready, follow the flashing guide given below:
Table of Contents
Download LineageOS 18.0 for HTC U11
Download TWRP (with instructions to flash it)
Issues (As of 11 January)
- On dual SIM devices, a SIM cannot be re-enabled once it has been disabled
- VOIP calling
- Wi-Fi calling
- SELinux permissive
- WiFi Display
How to flash LineageOS 18.1 on HTC U11
Instructions are from the Official XDA thread of ROM
- Remove all Pins and Password so Decryption dont fail
- Make sure to update to the latest Firmware
- Flash the latest TWRP given above
- Charge the device to at least 50%
Step 1: Flash the TWRP Custom Recovery on the HTC U11
Step 2: Take Full Backup
Step 3: Perform a Factory reset (Format Data) by Going in the Wipe Section
Step 4: Flash the ROM zip file in the Install section
Step 5: Reboot the device to System and Complete initial setup, do not enable the option “Lineage recovery” or you will lose the TWRP.
Step 6: Reboot to TWRP again and Flash GApps (Download from Above)
Step 7: Reboot and Flash Magisk Zip if you want to root
The first boot will take some time so be patient. And that’s it, you have flashed the LineageOS 18.1 on HTC U11
If you are facing any problem or got a question, leave a comment below.
LineageOS is the most used and most trusted Custom ROM out there. It was started as CyanogenMod and known to be the first custom ROM or firmware which was able to make its way to some smartphone as pre-installed default firmware.
LineageOS is based on AOSP code and you will hardly feel a difference from stock Android. There are some third-party apps like Trebuchet, AudioFX, Clock, Dialer. Jelly, Eleven Music Player, Recorder, Snap Camera. All the apps are useful and there are no Ads in them. LineageOS comes without a Google app or GApps, you have to install them after flashing the ROM.
Due to its stability and performance, many other custom ROMs use LineageOS code as their base, some of them are Resurrection Remix and crDroid.
If you want a daily driver with good battery life and performance, then LineageOS is one of the best option for you.
Features of Android 11
Android 11 is the latest Android version you can get right now. Talking about the changes over Android 10, Android 11 brings many changes although UI remains kind of the same. Android 11 is a mature operating system and here are some of the new best features:
Android 11 improves Notification in a couple of ways. First of all, Notifications are now categorized into three parts: Conversation, Alerting, and Silent.
The conversation category contains all the conversation, chat, messages Notifications and you can also prioritize certain chats over others. As Chats and Text messages can be important, this category stays at the top of the Notification drawer.
Then there are Alerting notifications that are just all notification other than conservations and finally the silent notifications where all notification from the app that is silenced by you are placed.
The second big change to notifications is the new “Notification History” feature. You can now watch all the notifications you received in the last 24 hour time period.
The third change is the mini music player that used to live in the notification section, now lives in the Quick Setting section. The working is still the same, you can swipe to close it and use it just like you used to.
If you use Facebook Messenger, you may be aware of Chat bubbles. It is a small Chat head that appears on top of all other apps so you can quickly send and read messages without changing the Apps. This is a great feature if you chat a lot.
New Screen Recorder
Android 11 comes with a built-in Screen recorder that can be found in the Quick tiles section. Screen recorder is not a new feature considering that there are hundreds of recorder apps already on the Play store and all Custom ROMs come with a native Screen recorder. Anyway, this new feature will make things more simple now.
Smart Device Controls
Smart devices are becoming more common, so Google added a new Smart device control section that allows you to control all of your smart devices from one place.
New Privacy Features
Every Android iteration comes with improved Privacy features and Android 11 is no exception. In Android 10, if you install an App, you can choose to give the app permissions all the time, only when the app is open or not give any permission at all.
Android 11 improves these permissions in a couple of ways. Now, you can give permission to an app only once. So Android will revoke the permission once you are done using the app and closes it. And another feature of Android 11 is the “Auto-reset” of permissions. if you haven’t used an app in a while, then the permissions will be revoked.